The Word Among Us

September 2014 Issue

Our Lady Undoer of Knots

The Story behind One of Pope Francis' Favorite Devotions

By: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

Our Lady Undoer of Knots: The Story behind One of Pope Francis' Favorite Devotions by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

When Pope Francis was introduced to the world, tidbits about his life and preferences began to emerge: little things, such as how he enjoyed the South American beverage mate and how he was a lifelong fan of the Saints of San Lorenzo soccer team. One article about his likes made reference to a favored devotion of his—Our Lady Undoer of Knots. The moment I read that, my internal ears perked up.

I had discovered this devotion a few years before, and it quickly became one of my own favorites. The first time I prayed it was as a...


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